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user reviews of Goat and Tricycle, Bournemouth

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Made a return visit to the Goat & Tricycle yesterday at opening time and in between visiting the Poole Hill Brewery, just around the corner and the nearby All Hail Ale micropub. Neither of those are listed on the site. So I've requested them to be added. The Goat & Tricycle was pretty much as I remember it from my first visit just over 3 years ago. Wadworth ales on were 6X, Horizon, Bishop's Tipple, IPA & Swordfish. There were 2 guests apiece from Brains - Rev James Gold & Original & Lacon's - Falcon & Encore. The cider was Weston's Raspberry Roller, which I'd not had before. A bit out of a way from the centre. But with other decent places opening around here, I'm sure I'll be back. No children are allowed.
blue_scrumpy - 26 Aug 2018 12:34
Great pub with a great selection of mainly Wadworth ales. Horizon was excellent. Pool table too. Quiet early doors on a Monday (unsurprisingly) but well worth a visit. Take home offer on Wadworth ales - 4 bottles for £8 or 12 for £22. Would certainly return.
thehonesttruth - 24 Oct 2016 17:23
Has a lovely tiled exterior and a fairly spacious interior in different rooms. The ale selection was mainly from Wadworths, with a few guests. But none of them were dark ales - stouts, porters or milds. The selection was Wadworth Swordfish, 6X, Horizon, Henry's IPA & Bishop's Tipple, The Beer Studo Citra Chinook, Batemans XXXB, Lacons Falcon Ale, Hydes Nelson & Portobello VPA. Cider was Rosie's Pig. The barmaid seemed rushed off her feet. But she was serving everybody in order, which is always a plus for me. Nice pub. But a dark ale would be appreciated.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Jun 2015 19:58
an excellent pub unfortunatly tucked up and away in a rather depressed street

the building itself is very big inisde, plenty of different rooms and areas to tuck your self away in means it can hold a lot of people. lots of wood and traditional features.

the beer is fantastic, a great array of beers on tap.

food also excellent and pretty reasonable prcies.

all in all one well worth the walk to get here.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 15 Sep 2014 11:06
Two pubs in one! The left hand one being an old Whitbread (Strongs or Brickwoods I would guess) with lovely tiling on the frontage. Inside it is pleasant enough and the barmaid was cheery and friendly. However I think they simply have too many beers on and - has already been said - not enough local brews! We had Hydes Bitter which was OK but I had the feeling that this pub is in the Good Beer Guide simply because there's nothing else in town! Hopefully I can be proved wrong.
mcroyal - 12 Apr 2014 12:35
A good atmosphere in a traditional pub, however, this place goes for quantity over quality on the beers and it is disingenuous to call some of the big name beers they have on handpump "guest beers". (For example Young's Special, and various Green King and Marstons-group ales) If they stuck to only small local breweries they would get more loyal customers.

Another problem with this place is that they do quite often turn the music up too much which is particularly annoying if you are sitting right under a speaker.

Mark888 - 12 Dec 2013 21:01
All ten hand pumps in use again. Tried six of them.
Swordfish, Hobby Horse, Long Man Best Bitter, Bishop's Tipple...............names became a bit fuzzy after that.
Not my favourite food menu, so four of us shared a selection of deep fried bits and bobs (not good for the cholesterol).
fugglehops - 13 Oct 2013 14:24
Well on a weekend football trip,we decided to check out this pub. What we found was a classic old pub away from the main streets.Liked the old type deco,a lot of crooks/sticks on the ceiling were very interesting to look at. Vibrant and friendly. around 10 ales on and were very well kept indeed. A bit pricey was the only negative (for us northerners at around £3.50 a pint). We still stayed in there for a couple of hours. Good banter with the locals too. Well worth a visit again if you visit Bournemouth. Probably the best real ale pub in the area.
markredfox73 - 22 Apr 2013 13:46
Worried about some online reveiws but unfounded. 10 beers on + a cider. 5 from Wadworth and 5 guests. All the ones sampled over 2 nights in good condition. Food not sampled but looked good. Vibrant pub , a bit out of the way but worth seeking out.
Leicesterbeer - 20 Apr 2013 21:39
It's a fine pub. Not glamourous or slick, but a nice, traditional pub with a good ale selection. Both beers i had were in good condition. Freindly staff
stymaster - 23 Jan 2013 20:39
This pub claims to have twelve different beers on handpump. Yes, I fell for that as well, and wasted half an hour of my life visiting this truly dire establishment.

Twelve pumps you say? What shall we have then? A porter? A wheat beer? A blonde beer? A craft lager maybe? No, you won't. Because all they serve is bitter. Several of the pumps appear to be permanently off, the others serve the same drink under different labels. I enquired at the bar about the IPA which is advertised in frames displays around the pub; the incomprehensible look which I received in response suggested that it has not in fact been served for quite some time, if indeed it ever was. Instead I opt for something described as a golden ale, which is nothing more than toilet-standard bitter and tastes disgusting.

I am prepared to be fair and award this grubby and ugly pub 2/10 because it does actually have a tatty pool table, but it has no other redeeming features whatsoever. I guess this establishment survives because Bournemouth has so few pubs.
elegiac_stanzas - 20 Jan 2013 09:00
All reviews said that this was the place to go on our short break to very sunny and hot Bournemouth, so off we went. West Hill Road is full of cheap hotels and boarded up shops which made us a little trepidacious of what the G&T would be like.

We needn't have worried. When one walks into a pub and is presented with 10 handpumps, all with a different beer on them, you know you're in the right place. The G&T is a Wadworth's pub so on our first visit ( yes, we went again) there were 7 Wadworth's ales ( the whole range?) and three guests. The second time there werte 6 Wadworths and 4 guests. I lost track of what I had - I remember the Swordfish was good, as was the Holt's Bitter.

The G&T is not a glamourous pub, but thankfully it is a busy one. Staff were friendly and even laughed at one of my jokes - beyond the call of reasonable duty in most places but not here.

Food is average. What we had was fine but was quite expensive for a smallish portion size. They did have good veggie options though.

So when in Bournemouth, get off of the beach and into the Goat and Tricycle. If you don't eat, don't worry - beer is a food after all.
ramblethenlunch - 28 May 2012 10:45
An absolute gem of a pub. Went in on Wednesday lunch, a bit quiet at first but got busier as the afternoon wore on. Great range of beers and friendly staff. There were about 10 beers on. I tried Kite's Bluestone and a pint or two of Holt's.
Well worth a visit.
tanky - 27 Apr 2012 14:30
Called past here for a couple of pints and a meal on Friday night while on a weekend out of the big smoke - saw it on the way past and thought it might be worth a visit and then had it recommended by the proprietor of our hotel.

Lovely pub. Think there were 10 ales on tap and a cider or two - tried three of them and all three went down a treat. The fish and chips definitely filled a corner while the burger my partner in crime ordered looked pretty good too. Helpful and friendly staff too.

If you're in Bournemouth and enjoy a pint then this place is worth a visit
brodie_bruce - 9 Apr 2012 20:38
We had an xmas do at the Goat, which although was on the 1st of December, really put us in the festive mood. Our table for six was decorated beautifuly. It even had crackers and party poppers !. The food was really good, a nice, varied choice of starters, mains and deserts. Enjoyed by all in our party. Service was excellent throughout the evening at the table and at the bar. To top it all they even lit the real fire....ahhh..sheer bliss. Many thanks. Great night
karencraig - 5 Dec 2011 22:53
2nd. December 2011. Went to the goat and tricycle last night to try the christmas menu. 6 people in our party and all thought the food was excellent. served at a good speed with no waiting ages between courses. Staff very pleasant and attentive. we had most options of all courses between us and the only negative thing mentioned was that the sprouts were too crunchy. unfortunately we didn't have any vegetarians with us so cannot comment on those courses. Overall... Damn near excellent. My advice ... book in now
Mickeyquiz - 2 Dec 2011 12:36
If you love your beer then this is the pub to visit whilst in Bournemouth.
Eleven real ales to choose from. I sampled five and all were in good condition.
The barman was very knowledgeable about the beers on tap as well as future ales on a blackboard.
If you want to go through the whole range you might consider using the third-pint glasses, served on a special carrying tray.
As for food, I thought the menu was limited. Good value burgers for 5, main meals about 10.
Quality was better than I anticipated. Only one downside, you may need to use the public car-park as street parking is limited.
fugglehops - 4 Oct 2011 20:21
Worth seeking out and just a little walk from the main part of town. This is a real pub in a town where there seem to be few - compared to say Brighton. At least 8 ales, mostly guest changing and all excellent, shame shuts early (11) but a real find.
theposh - 17 Sep 2011 20:50
Fine choice of beer, particularly Wadworth's Horizon golden ale. A very wide choice and all tried were in good condition. The food was of the reasonable, if unexceptional, pub grub variety, with a menu of worrying length, which always suggests a microwave may be heavily deployed.

Notable green double fronting showing its heritage as once apparently being two separate drinking establishments.
JonW999 - 3 Aug 2011 01:38
Good pub, excellent choice and quality of ales on offer. Have only visited morning/afternoon times though. Nice that children have to keep to the 'family area', and away from the bar. Well worth a visit, tucked away from the main hustle and bustle. We in the Real Ale Cycling Club (both of us) were pleasantly surprised to find bike racks just a little way down the road..!
rioathmusV - 16 Feb 2011 20:37
Have visited this pub many time over many years. The Real Ale choice (12 at the time) is outstanding which is the biggest influence for my rating. Expected a mixed bag of patrons. Food was reasonably good certainly better than average. If you want choice of Real Ale this is the place to go.
harperp3 - 3 Feb 2011 14:04
Best real ale pub in Bournemouth, with about 10 available--the stronginthearm is particularly yummy. Food is a tad dearer and much better than the average--try the huge fish and chips.
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 16:38
I visited this pub while in Bournemouth as it was one of only two in the town that were mentioned in my copy of the Good Beer Guide.
The pub is spacious and popular with a good mix of people and not too noisy. My partner and I ordered food (pies) from the bar and sat in anticipation as we were both quite hungry. After almost an hour, the food still had not arrived so I asked at the bar only to be told words to the effect that the one person in the kitchen was very busy. The food arrived about ten minutes later. Although my meat pie was tasty, the filling was about 50% gravy. The chips were OK but few in number. My partner's vegetable pie had a filling that appeared to be a kind of cauliflower mash which my partner found to be unpalatable and mostly left. My advice is that if you eat in this pub be prepared for a long wait and avoid the pies.
RealAleBloke - 18 Sep 2010 00:24
my favourite pub in bournemouth by some distance, although the competition isn't that high! a wide range of beers means there is something for all tastes
Ian_J - 26 Aug 2010 19:30
Much better than any of the other pubs in bournemouth, good selection of beers, decent pub food and a very welcoming atmosphere
paddypint - 11 Aug 2010 18:48
Very busy last Friday night (it was showing the football) but I still got served quickly.Mostly Wadworth beers and the two I had were fine but arguably not in the very best condition. Well worth the walk from where I was staying though; good atmosphere, and a mix of locals and visitors.
Ordinary - 4 Jul 2010 10:59
This is also my favourite pub in Bournemouth. Great range of beer that is always well kept and changes regularly. MrDoyle has summed it up in his accurate review. I would add that the food I have had there has always been good value. Fish and chips was great - Goat Curry also looked good and was rated by the others I was with.
If you like your beer this is a 'must visit' in Bournemouth.
hockey - 4 May 2010 22:45
Fantastic selection of well-kept real ales and efficient bar staff. My two mates and I had lunch which varied in value - my veggie burger was tasty but tiny for the price, and a mate had a steak and ale pie which was sloshing in runny liquid. Food apart, the main issue was obtrusive Sky sports on big screens in EVERY bar so you couldn't escape from it.

Looks like the best of a bad bunch in Bournemouth, but I wouldn't rush back for the food or a chance to have conversation with mates over a beer without competing with tv sports.
melita666 - 17 Feb 2010 10:30
What a fantastic real pub. Warm and welcoming staff as soon as you enter the pub. The manager Daniel has great knowledge of the huge selection of real ales on sale., very helpful in every way. The food is propper pub food and i'll rate it 10 out 10, worth going to try the beers and food. (Try the trio of steaks or goat curry) we'll be going back soon. Bournemouth needs more pubs like this!
judge12 - 9 Dec 2009 23:03
A proper pub near Bournemouth town centre but nicely hidden off the main road - the best in the centre by far. Usually a great range of well kept beers (last night they had excellent Orkney Dark Island and Brixham Buccaneer?), nice layout inside and a covered courtyard area. Quite a cross-section of customers - a good thing in my opinion.

Only slight issue was the music level went up for a couple of "well-bangin tunes" before thankfully reducing again and more melodic stuff coming back on. Overall 7.5
Old_King_Cole - 6 Nov 2009 19:10
A veritable beer festival of a pub! I couldn't begin to say what beers were available, I'd never heard of them before (apart from a couple of Wadworth products), tried them all, and that's the essence of the place. Unfamiliar brands, about six in total, which in a pub landscape characterised by samey and tired old brands makes this pub an absolute gem.
In fact some of the beers I didn't really like, but that's not the point. If you're a more adventurous beer drinker seeking out new beers, this place will keep you well entertained.
Finally, friendly knowledgable and helpful guy behind the bar..
norbitonpaul - 12 Aug 2009 21:26
This is bar far my favourite place to drink in Bournemouth. A great selection of Ales, friendly bar staff and a really relaxed atmosphere. I would like to reccommend this pub to everybody but I know that if I do that, it will become over crowded and too busy .... I like it just the way it is. If a man could marry a pub, I would certainly marry this one.
MrDoyle - 12 Aug 2009 12:43
Full range of Wadworths including bottles and also occasionals such as the Vince Minty's Stronginthearm Ale which wasn't badged as Wadworths. Plenty of guests including Nutty Black, White Horse Giant, Lees Scorcher, Tom Woods Summer Days and Hop Back Taiphoon. Excellent bar snacks, baguette and chips for 4.50. Great pub.
GuideDogSaint - 12 Jul 2009 00:14
I have used this pub for about 8 years but not anymore as all the guest beers, regardless of strength seem to be priced at 3 or over. Still a good selection of Wadworths beers which are better priced.There are many other cheaper bars to go to in Bournemouth if you are on a budget.
anonymous - 6 Jun 2009 13:58
visited here last night, loved it. the new landlord clearly knows his stuff, the ale was awesome! best i have tasted in a long time!!! and yeah i agree the dog is the star of the show!!! keep up the good work Mick And Ali!!!
peterjohnson - 12 Feb 2009 02:22
Went to Goat with friends on friday and was very impressed with the quality and selection of ales on offer, very friendly landlord who knows his stuff and even invited us to tour his cellar which was a first for us, and the dog with the security jacket on was fantastic great stuff keep it up
beermanbob - 8 Feb 2009 19:43
Popped in to see if things had improved since my last visit. No complaints about the ales but I remain unconvinced about the revised bar layout. A fine pub but still to reach the standard achieved by James and Trish.
afullpint - 8 Feb 2009 17:10
I went here yesterday for the first time in a couple of years and remembered it well! Super selection of Wadworths and guests (5 of each) and the two tried were top notch.

The food was reasonably priced and very yummy. Well worth the 160 mile round trip!

beerPrincess - 31 Dec 2008 17:50
quiet on saturday afternoon but god feeling all the same beers were all tasty if a little expensive worth visiting always a new beer to try
guestale - 27 Oct 2008 13:39
Visited last night after a local tip off, of all the pubs in the area this is the best by a very long shot. A very rare find set just off from the main high street. 13 real ales very well kept, food is fairly priced and of very high standard - try the home made pork pie! Friendly bar persons who provided plenty of entertainment. Appeals to all ages. Will definately be back.
cj0306 - 2 Oct 2008 22:45
Asked the owner of the Charlesworth Hotel where we were staying to point us in the direction of good beer and food. 10/10 on both counts. Lovely atmosphere. Good selection of ales and cider. Simple pub grub and Goat curry on the menu. Wish this pub was in our area. Will be back. :-)
derekthesheep - 2 Oct 2008 18:59
done up a while ago now which took a bit of shine off but still the only decent pub in Bournemouth town centere by a country mile. Great selection of ales and, for such a large number, all very well kept.
clarkey_cat - 30 Sep 2008 18:04
After the stag party/lap dance incident I avoided the place for a while, now with the quiz gone, and food basically gone it hardly seems worth the treck up the hill. Maybe when the winter ales come in I'll venture back. Such a shame to loose the only decent pub in town. =(
popiellajones - 2 Sep 2008 13:13
Anyone know when the new Mine Host are due to arrive?
Beer and service are fine but I wish the long faces of the present management team would either cheer up or move on.
I presently find the place a bit depressing.

bobw - 28 Aug 2008 09:56
We have been regulars at this pub for about 7 years now and have only seen it get better and better with each change of landlord and landlady. We're amazed that people have commented negatively about the refurb. We were worried that it would be spoiled and turned into another anonymous pub but we were soooo wrong. The improvements are tasteful and sympathetic to the charm and history of the pub whilst giving it a brighter, cleaner but entirely appropriate appearance. The only shame is that they didn't upgrade the toilets properly at the same time! The beer is fantastic as is the food now and the staff are efficient and friendly. Fingers crossed that whoever takes over keeps up the good work that Richard and Lisa have done!
withan_e - 19 Aug 2008 14:34
We have been drinking in the Goat for about 5 years and have met and made lots of good friends there, including Landlords and Ladies past and present. The Goat and Tricycle is a traditional pub which has poked its toe into the twenty first century but not too far to lose its charm. The refit last year alienated a lot of regulars but nearly a year on it has now settled itself and has a homely and friendly feel. We would not hesitate in recommending this pub to anyone who is looking for a traditional pub with a friendly atmosphere, large beer garden, fair selection of real ales and a fine menu of amazing quality and selection.
Mrs_B - 8 Aug 2008 17:15
Lost all its old charm, and the quiz was run like a military rule book. Not on my list for a return visit, shame it used to be so nice.
pioneer - 7 Aug 2008 23:29
People now in charge are leaving shortly after their unsuccesful stint in charge. Lets hope that whoever takes over runs this place more along the lines of how it was run when James and Trish were landlord and landlady
johnkn7 - 1 Aug 2008 17:33
Still the best pub in b'mth-but then look at the competition!The re-fit was a disaster,robbing the place of it's warmth,atmosphere & character-bad idea someone!As a result,have stopped using it...even the quiz nights are dead compared to what they used to be 2-3 years ago!If it's real pubs you want...head to Poole-unless you're on the pull that is!!!
stev1963hit - 7 Jul 2008 00:53
Range of real ales less extensive but always in good if not very good condition.
anonymous - 18 Jun 2008 20:08
Just been to this great pub. Good choice of beers after all thats what we pay for, never mind the strength. Good menu and nice atmosphere. I would make this my local if I lived in the area.
paulbeckett - 1 Jun 2008 14:08
This place seems to be going down hill. There is plenty of choice of ale, but what a ropey collection over the last 2-3 months! You won't find anything over 4.5% here, unless you want to drink Wadworths. Customers seem to be realising this, the last few saturday nights being very quiet.
david1972a - 28 May 2008 00:38
Couldn't find a 'proper' pub in Bournemouth until I stumbled across this gem. Friendly staff, nice greeting and very good range of real ales kept perfectly. Food good. Top marks to the bar maid for the professional eviction of an unsavoury character!
abbotale - 7 Apr 2008 17:56
They still have fantastic ale, so I can overlook the 'modernisation'. The only problem was that friends of the staff (or perhaps they were the managers) came in with a small child who kept screaming to get attention. Everyone just looked on adoringly. Ruined The experience of a quite drink somewhat, though it was hopefully a one off.
popiellajones - 23 Feb 2008 20:34
the good beers are ruined by a careless bureaucrat bar staff who get paid regardless of the poor service and miserable looks you get. not sure what it is but Bournemouth must be one of the roughest places I've ever experienced. Shame- this pub could be ok.
nofanofbritain - 18 Feb 2008 21:35
I agree with the comments below re the lighting being too bright, and the removal of the old bar although the pillars (charming as they were) did prove something of an obstruction when waiting to be served at busy times.
That said, I do like the victorian style wallpaper and most important of all the beer range has been maintained by the new landlord (albeit prices have increased). Food remains excellent as does the service.
anonymous - 22 Dec 2007 12:48
Hadn't been in since the end of October and was completely unaware that work had been carried out. When we walked in it was the first time I think I have ever done a genuine "double-take".Very disconsertingly I thought I had walked through a door that I hadn't noticed before and ended up in a not-as-nice bar in a different part of the pub that I didn't know about.

It is too bright now but the lights got dimmed mid-evening.Saddest of all the huge,grotesque brown pillars had gone.Why are none of the more unique features ever preserved?

I am sure there is some point to all these refurbishments that go on but as a paying punter who sits on the other side of the bar often it is hard to see what that point is.

As in the earlier post,the decor has moved a step closer to the mundane but the beer and the barstaff remain fantastic and it is,for me anyway,still miles better than anywhere else in town.
atticus - 20 Dec 2007 19:46
A top huge selection of tasty ales, nice bar staff, and a chav free zone, thankfully relaxed and stress free as ever, if quite busy. The only real pub in Bournemouth.

It used to feel like a real London pub and it has aesthetically survived it's revamp by the skin of it's teeth with about a 33% depletion in it's previous character. The new bar, fittings and furnishings look a bit characterless - like B&Q bad repro - too new, like a chain pub - and have sucked quite a bit of charm out of the old place. It confuses me why we seem to need to do this in Bournemouth just for the sake of it. Far better to leave it alone and restore it or replace it with something sensitive to it's actual design and period.

Like most other places in Bournemouth it's now also overlit - killing atmosphere, ambience and overall comfort.

The food was perviously 'old school microwave nasty' but I don't know if it's been improved.

The Cains Victorian Ale however is magnificent.

Still the only real pub in Bournemouth. Still gets my vote despite the damage.
jamie_fixit - 16 Dec 2007 16:20
Thats a huge shame that James and Trish are leaving but we wish them the greatest success and happiness in their new business.
Lets hope they dont rename the Goat "The Cheese and Chutney"!!
mungoman - 8 Oct 2007 19:29
A good pub with a tremendouds 11 handpumps, all of which were on, and all (that I tried at least) were very well kept. It's not the cheapest (as previously mentioned) but on the other hand I didn't find the prices unreasonable.

The food was also good - I ordered the mixed grill which was very filling and worth the 13.95! Beware however that you might not always get exactly what you asked for... I asked for the steak on the mixed grill well done, but it came red in the middle; also with no onions, and lo and behold it turned up covered in onions!

The pub is large and has a pleasant courtyard outside, including a covered part for non smokers.

That said, overall a decent pub and well worth a visit.
alexw - 14 Sep 2007 19:10
Only proper pub for miles. Excellent beer in top notch condition, pleasant staff and friendly locals. Fortunately far enough from the main drag and hotels to get mobbed out by trippers.
nickdavies - 18 Jun 2007 11:10
Absolutely fantastic place. Just to think about the selection of ales makes me salivate. The food is great also, though I would advise a couple of days starvation prior to eating here so as to be able to fit it all in.

My only qualm with the place is the price. But still, a pub that I would recommend to anybody!
jezlikebeer - 12 May 2007 09:26
fantastic pub, probably the only place in Bournemouth where they actually look after the ale. majority of staff are friendly and chatty. Nice outside area.
Only problem is its a bit pricey...but well worth it!
Highly Highly recomended, with fantastic food
popiellajones - 10 May 2007 10:19
This pub, once one of my real favourites has just priced itself out of the market. Went in on Saturday and paid 2.80 for a pint of Bishops Finger! No complaints about the beer, but the price! It's gone up 20p in one go. The food although the usual high standard, has also seen a price increase. As a regular I think I shall think twice about going back as other real ale pubs in the area have only increased a pint from 5p - 10p.
david1972a - 23 Apr 2007 13:59
Plans are afoot for the Real Ales to be predominantly sourced from micro breweries in the not too distant future. Oh and I believe that May is going to be Mild month.

Anyway, that's enough as I don't make a habit of acting as a landlord's mouthpiece, albeit totally unsolicited on his part.
johnkn7 - 23 Feb 2007 17:28
Probably the only real pub in town. Never tried the food but it always looks great when it's taken out. I'm not a real ale drinker but I've never heard a bad word about the beer. Generally the staff are quite friendly.
BFT - 7 Jan 2007 18:08
An absolute gem. What a find this was. Good lagers, fantastic ales. Ales are/were often changed. Haven't been in for years but my memory of this place is still strong. When I visit Bmth I would always go back here. Sad to hear the roast spuds at 10.30 have stopped. They were great and bar managers should note that a few salted spuds late at night causes the drinkers to buy more beer. The beer garden was quite unusual that being it was under a roof. Never had a bad time here. Great for a new year booze up as well, but get in early as the seats go quick.
anonymous - 3 Oct 2006 16:59
Yep - I love this pub - A real oasis in a desert of this part of town.
Party4ever - 4 Sep 2006 04:20
What a credit to the area this pub is ! There are always several real ales on that are well kept and frequently change. As it's a Wadworth pub the usual Wadworth ales (6X etc) are permanent features.

Food here is excellent and represents value for money. The menu is varied and good and they now serve Sunday lunch. Let's hope they bring back the roast potatoes at closing time ! Always a welcome treat particularly in the winter months.

The pub itself boasts a great secluded beer garden and would benefit from more pub games. Whoever chose the colour of the decor wants shooting. The red and brown interior makes the pub very dark, even in the summer months.

Staff are always friendly and helpful. Although the music can be intrusive at times.
david1972a - 5 Jul 2006 19:01
Real MILD ale desert in this part of the world.
CAMRA should re-brand itself as CAMBRA, as they seem to be mostly a bunch of bitter drinkers.
At least the young barmaid in the Goat was honest and she even let me have a sampler of some IPA.
So for that reason alone I will give this boozer a couple of points.

Otherwise do as we do and if you are a serious MILD drinker: NO MILD WALK OUT.

Happy dark stuff drinking.
Sergeant at Arms, Mild Liberation Front.
nomild_walkout_mac - 14 May 2006 19:41
Cash Flow may be problem here, with the number of customer I.O.U.s (I assume) pinned up behind the bar.
I usually visit during the late afternoon - the pub is always very quiet at this time. Nearly a dozen handpumps and all fully loaded - I would worry about the condition and freshness of the product with the number of lager drinking punters I encounter at this pub. The pub is well cared for and clean. Look out for the Sparrow colony in the West Hill car park.
dorsetknob - 23 Mar 2006 16:36
Good beers. Freindly staff. Food is normally good (had one medioche meal). Lots of hats around the bar? Interesting garden, with Dwarves (not gnomes). Seems to be an art studio upstairs. Well worth hunting out, its not the easiest place to spot.
johnbabercomb - 10 Feb 2006 21:31
Still the most hospitable pub on the west side of Bournemouth. If you are a visitor to the town and staying on the West Cliff, I suggest you make the Goat your local during your stay. Draws, quizzes and games for the kids are made available. Also has a beer garden for the summer. Just a shame that the second level bar has been closed.
emulti100 - 20 Jan 2006 05:03
A very long history of good drinking & general larking about,the Goat being just the one pub used to be two.The Pembroke Arms to the left and the Pembroke Shades.Jack Grundy and his wife Jean ran the pub(Arms) for many years with a very loyal clientelle,although to say it was a mixed bag is an understatement!.With regular visits on a sunday night by the BSO(and any time when refreshment was needed),plus the folk club upstairs also on Sundays it was a joy to be at,providing the monster of the dog stayed behind the bar!.
Where the non-smoking (ahh!!)section is now used to be is where I propped up the bar on many occasions, I even remember some of these!.Anyway, still a v.good PUB with Quiz's to boot!
4ddecor - 25 Sep 2005 15:33
This pub now does have a non-smoking area which is great although you are tucked away in the furthest corner. The beer selection is fantastic and every one I had over the course of three nights was well-kept. Once you've been to the pub more than once it gets friendlier.
GrahamA - 21 Sep 2005 12:22
Unusually wide selection of real ale for a Bmth pub.
Great food, great service!
anonymous - 27 Jun 2005 14:33
It's still the best pub in Bmth although they no longer serve the free roast spuds that David B was refering to. Over the past few months, a bigger effort to showcase real ales from smaller breweries has been made which is welcome. Food is much improved from the bog standard pub grub fayre that it was a couple of years ago.
johnkn7 - 23 May 2005 17:24
Used to drink at the "Goat and Trike" regularly from 1993 to 1996, when it was probably the best pub in Bournemouth. Can't vouch for it now, though, because it's years since I was last there. Do they still serve free roast potatoes to all the customers at about 10pm?
davidb - 27 Apr 2005 13:56
Great traditional pub, serving snacks at lunch time and evening food. The courtyard outside is great in the summer a haven of flowers. This pub is tucked away near Poole Hill and if you didn't know it was there you'd not stop. But do!
pioneer - 8 Mar 2005 11:53
great boozer with many fine ales on offer (not too sure about the green one though - sign of spring)rating 9 of 10 for service and friendliness
ejhowell - 3 Aug 2004 01:46
Well this is a fine pub. A Wadworth's pub but with many guest ales - all seemingly kept well. A friendly atmosphere with no intrusive music. To one side there is a covered courtyard 'garden' with lots of hanging baskets.

The only two small gripes I have were that the staff had a tendency to ensure all the locals had a drink before serving visitors. Also the pub was really smokey - they need to actually turn on those air cleaners on the ceiling. But neither of these things spoilt my enjoyment too much.
Graham - 12 Jul 2004 11:07
Lovely 'old skool' type pub with an impossible to do pub quiz on a Sunday night
LM - 3 Dec 2003 09:02
Like the porterhouse - an excellent pub with well-kept real ales. A little diamond in the back streets of the Triangle.
Rob - 12 Sep 2003 08:42
This is the only good pub in Bournemouth, great food, full of character, friendly bar staff, great atmosphere. Unique in the fact that the other 99.9% of the pubs in Bournemouth have been converted into wine bars and overrun by pretentious w*****s. This is the only place to escape them!
annoyed local - 31 Jul 2003 12:08
Used to drink here very occaionally as a bloody student in '92. Found it full of ales and old people and wanted to run into town to be where the action was.

Nowadays, I'd probably enjoy it if I went back. Mind you, I've also been looking at sensible cardigans recently and thinking 'mmm, comfy'
Ruby - 19 Jul 2003 10:59
Make that Bournemouth even!
johnkn7 - 6 Jun 2003 20:06
The Pembroke Shades days were grim indeed. Just goes to show what can be achieved if the effort is put in. I won't even begin to list the pubs in the Borunemouth/Poole area that could benefit from this kind of transformation.
johnkn7 - 6 Jun 2003 20:06
Lovely little pub, really nice. Used to be the dodgiest pub (The Pembroke Shades) in town, now one of the cutest.
anonymous - 26 May 2003 02:36
Further to the below. Now has an expanded range of guest ales to go with the Wadworths range. I was in their the other night and they had Pedigree, Bombardier, McMullens Country, Hook Norton and the over-rated Tanglefoot. It was busy as well which is a good sign as it was very quiet on my previous visit leading to fears that this place has been forsaken in favour of the Moon on the Square with its cheaper (by far) beer.
johnkn7 - 9 May 2003 20:40
Close to town centre but fairly quiet as it's hidden away so doesn't get mobbed with those elements looking for a scrap before heading to clubland. Well kept Wadworths Ales and decent food. Good atmosphere and friendly bar staff. Ridiculous name for a pub however.
John - - 11 Apr 2003 04:36

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